American Giant Heavyweight Hooded Sweatshirt

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The heavyweight full zip hooded sweatshirt from American Giant has become the stuff of legends.  We’ve never seen so much hype for a hooded sweatshirt, but the truth is American Giant couldn’t keep them on the shelves and had a severe back-order problem in the run up to the holidays.  What makes this sweatshirt unique and desirable? We’ll start with the fabric itself.  The sweatshirt is made of seriously thick 12.4 ounce 100% cotton fleece. It sports ribbed side and shoulder panels, as well as reinforced elbow patches for superior durability. The front pockets are reinforced with bar tacks and critical wear seams utilize a rugged double-needle straddle stitching. A double-lined hood keeps the wind out. This is the last hooded sweatshirt you will ever need to own. Buy ($89)

Red Wing Heritage Oxford

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Since 1905, Red Wing Shoes has built tough but comfortable footwear for the working class. Inspired by the success of the classic 875 and 877 work boots, the moc-toe classic work oxfords were born out of necessity. Managers who started their careers on the factory floor needed a lighter shoe to keep comfortable at their desks and moving about the factory. The oxfords maintained Red Wing’s storied durability while remaining light enough to be worn all day at a desk. The Style No. 8056 oxfords are great for work or play, and the classic design maintains a professional look while being a fairly rugged shoe. The Sage Mojave leather upper has the perfect texture, while the Brown Neoprene cushioned outsole keeps your feet comfortable. Buy ($240)

Misfit Shine

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Misfit Shine is a wearable fitness and activity tracker.  It is one of the best looking trackers we’ve seen to date.  The Shine is carved out of a solid block of aircraft grade aluminum and is water resistant to 50m, a designation that sets it apart from other fitness trackers.  It can be clipped to your clothing, worn on your wrist with either a rubber or leather strap, and can even be worn as a necklace. The Misfit Shine is a bit larger than a quarter and is able to track swimming, cycling, and steps taken.  The device can also track sleep and the LEDs can be used as a clock as well. To sync the device, simply place it on top of your phone’s screen. Video after the jump. Buy ($119.95)

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Ring Clock

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We’re huge fans of watches here at gearplug. We believe that having to pull your phone out of your pocket just to check the time is a bit of a hassle.  But some people just don’t like to wear watches. Ring Clock is a watch you wear, well, like a ring.  It features a clock aspect around the band of the ring that uses super low energy LEDs to illuminate the current time.  When you rotate the ring the time is displayed on the simple and masterfully designed band. Constructed from 316L stainless, Ring Clock is allergy free and will not oxidize or turn black. It uses Qi wireless charging with the included base, and is water resistant to 30M. Pre-Order ($235)  Continue reading Ring Clock

Bublcam

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Bublcam is a 360° HD video camera.  It has 4 embedded camera lenses that surround the spherical device, which is slightly larger than a baseball. Four solid aluminum die-cast structural rings ensure that this camera is as rugged as can be. Capable of recording 1080p video on all four lenses, which can then be stitched together using proprietary software, or converted into equirectangular video. Bublcam can also capture stunning panoramic photos. The unit has built in Wi-Fi so you can live stream video directly to your PC or mobile device. Pre-Order ($499+CAD)

Coin

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In this day and age, nobody carries cash anymore.  The preferred currency is plastic, and we tend to have a lot of it. Between bank cards, credit cards, gift cards and store specific cards it’s hard to keep track of them all. Coin is a connected device that can store and work like all the cards you currently carry.  Now you can leave your cards safely at home. With Coin you can select between cards with the button on the device.  Only the last four digits of the card will show on the digital display.  Coin can be swiped just like any other credit card, and can hold up to eight different cards. If Coin is separated from your phone, at a certain distance you will receive a notification.  The future is now, and it’s time to get rid of all that extra wallet bulk. Pre-Order before December 14 and save 50%.  Pre-order ($50)

KeySmart

At gearplug, we seem to have an unhealthy fixation on key and lock related products as evidenced here, here, here, and here. A new addition to our key obsession is KeySmart, a veritable Swiss Army key fob. The standard KeySmart holds up to 4 keys in a sleek and compact frame, and is expandable to hold up to 50 keys. Available in standard 53mm and +EXT 73mm frames, the KeySmart is the perfect way to reduce key bulk in your pocket and keep all your keys organized.  Options include a wide range of colors and also a KeySmart with an integrated 16gb USB.  Also available are lightweight key blanks in a variety of colors. Buy ($20+)

Nixon Baja Watch

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Nixon’s newest timepiece, the Baja, is a thing of beauty. Clean lines and a monochromatic display contrasted by a colorful face make this watch an instant classic. The Baja was developed as a ‘self-contained survival station’.  The protective angled bezel holds a number of great features, including a compass, a thermometer and a flashlight. The nylon band keeps the Baja on your wrist, while the 50mm case makes a bold statement.  The display includes an EL backlight and a high contrast LCD for superior viewing in any conditions. Buy ($150)

Woolrich X Topo Designs Klettersack

The Woolrich X Topo Designs Klettersack was born from the pairing of two great American brands. Topo’s classic Klettersack is refreshed with Woolrich’ high-quality, made in the USA, woolen fabric. The sack is great for hiking, commuting, and travel.  The Klettersack features heavy duty plastic hardware, shoulder straps with d-rings, leather lash tabs, an inner drawstring closure to keep the elements out, laptop sleeve and zippered top pocket, and two side pockets. The 22.4L pack is available in Buffalo Plaid and Charcoal Stripe. Buy ($249) Continue reading Woolrich X Topo Designs Klettersack

ION Glasses

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Ion Glasses are an innovative new way to interact with your smartphone or tablet. Offered in both prescription and sunglasses, these stylish frames are more than just a pair of cool shades. The ION can operate as a remote control, can show you all sorts of notifications, and can even notify you if your phone or tablet is lost.  Made of a substance called TR90, otherwise known as ‘plastic titanium’, the ION is strong and durable, as well as incredibly flexible.

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SwitchEasy Tanks Battery Pack

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When we’re on the go, outdoors, or otherwise away from a power source for an extended period of time we tend to get a bit of range anxiety, never straying too far from power grid connectivity.  With Tanks from SwitchEasy, those days are over.  Tanks packs a whopping 6,000mAh capacity, four times the power retention of a typical smartphone. With a powerful 2.1Amp USB fast charge, Tanks will get your device back up and running quickly. A crisp four step white LED lets you know exactly what’s left in the tank. Despite its capacity, Tanks is remarkably compact, measuring in at 55 x 84 x 33mm. The design is reminiscent of a scuba air tank, which is fitting considering its function. Buy ($70)

Outerboro

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Outerboro has just launched its new product line, featuring the Motile Pants and the Stealth Shirt. Pairing an active lifestyle with sensible modern fashion has never been easy, but Outerboro is here to help.

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OlloClip 4-in-1 iPhone Lens

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Olloclip has just come out with their new 4-in-1 lens system for the iPhone.  This kit vastly improves your phone’s shooting abilities with the addition of 4 versatile lenses.  The Fisheye Lens is great for shots where you need to capture 180° field-of-view.  The Wide-Angle Lens allows you to get double the field-of-view of the standard iPhone camera.  The 10x Macro Lens is for closeups. With an 18mm focus distance you can take crisp, detailed pictures of things up close. The 15x Macro Lens is for extreme closeups, and has a 12mm focus distance.  The system uses precision ground glass multi-element optics for unparalleled image quality and lasting durability. Buy ($69.99)

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SkyBell WiFi Doorbell

The SkyBell is the best of both worlds when it comes to doorbells and peepholes.  SkyBell is WiFi enabled and allows you to see, speak to, and hear the person at your door, wherever you are.  Even if they don’t ring the bell, SkyBell has a motion sensor that will detect their presence and send you a notification that someone was at your door.  It is designed to work in all climates, and the video feed can be enabled from anywhere.  Know that your home is safe and secure when you’re away. Setup is easy, as SkyBell uses your existing doorbell wiring. The camera also has a night vision sensor and the unit is constructed from UV plastics, which prevent rust and don’t block WiFi signal.  Buy ($169.95)

Made Container Collection

As evidenced by some of our previous posts, we’re huge fans of the use of ISBU shipping containers in modern home construction.  Made has taken it one step further with their Container Collection of furniture.  With three basic designs consisting of the small cabinet, the tall cabinet and the side table; these fun mini containers add an industrial edge to your space.  These unique furnishings come in three vibrant colors and are constructed of durable sheet iron.  No two containers are exactly alike, as each is hand constructed.  Buy (£139+) Continue reading Made Container Collection

FUBi Folding Bike

FUBi Bike is one of the most compact folding bikes on the market.  The frame itself folds down to fit into a tennis racket bag.  The greatest part is that when the bike is unfolded, it looks like a normal bike and not a compact oddity with tiny wheels.  It can be folded with the wheels connected or detached for an even smaller footprint. FUBi is also configurable with three different wheel sizes; the narrow road rim, the city/gravel rim, and the mountain rim.  This allows the bike to function in a number of environments. FUBi comes in three sizes: 25″, 26″ and 28″. FUBi ships in May for £1,499, but you can order one through their Kickstarter campaign HERE for £989, shipping April 2014.  Continue reading FUBi Folding Bike

Fitbit Force

simple.b-dis-jpg.h8417ccdb9576e398e8d318c3ac2e4653Fitbit has updated their fitness tracking wristband with the new Fitbit Force.  The Force allows you to keep real time fitness stats right on your wrist. Force tracks steps taken, distance traveled, stairs climbed, calories burned, and active minutes during the day.  At night, the Fitbit can track quality of sleep, hours slept, and has a silent wake up alarm.  Soon the Force will also show call notifications.  The wristband uses Bluetooth 4.0 to automatically update and sync to your computer or smartphone. Its water-resistant design allows you to do all your normal activities without worry of damaging the device. All of your fitness trends are tracked on your personal dashboard within the fitbit app or on your computer. Buy (129.95)

Nigel Knox Nifty Socks

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If you are a slave to a job that doesn’t offer casual Friday’s, or you love making a statement with bold socks, Nigel Knox Nifty Socks are the socks for you.  Stemming from the most recent Friday fashion trend on Wall Street, crazy socks are making a resurgence among even the  most modest of crowds.  They show a bit of a sense of humor in an otherwise business as usual environment.  Nigel Knox describes themselves as ‘an upscale purveyor of Nifty Socks, dedicated to perfecting the art of casual sophistication.’  And they’ve hit the nail on the head.  Their socks are crafted in Italy with the finest of materials, and finished with hands on techniques. Materials such as Pima Cotton, Merino Wool, Cashmere and Alpaca fibers are used to make these some of the best socks on the market. Buy ($19.50-$45)